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Twins place Nolasco on the 15-day disabled list; call up Herrmann

Star Tribune Sports - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 14:52
Nolasco has a sore elbow and could return to action on July 22
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Wolves sign first-round pick Zach LaVine

Star Tribune Sports - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 14:47
Rookie a part of Wolves summer league team
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Nolasco probably headed to disabled list, Twins' Gardenhire tells MLB Radio

Star Tribune Sports - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 12:36
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire made an appearance on MLB Network Radio this morning, where he talked for nearly four minutes about Ricky Nolasco’s elbow, which is being examined today in Minnesota. We transcribed a couple of the highlights, and you’ll find the audio of the entire segment on Nolasco via this link. (Also, this will make three consecutive posts within three hours on Nolasco. We promise we’re not obsessed. It’s just how things work sometimes). Gardenhire: On how long Nolasco has been dealing with an elbow issue: “He said he’s had it since spring training … He said, ‘I don’t want to make excuses for my performance or anything like that, but he said my elbow, I had this in ’07 and I think I can pitch through it. That’s when we said, you know, the best thing for us – we’ve got him signed to a pretty good contract here, and we need him down the road here — so let’s send him back, get this thing checked out.” On the next steps: “In my opinion, and it’s just my opinion, if a guy is telling me his elbow is bothering him, there’s no way he’s going to make a start on Friday. But I think the big thing here is to find out what’s wrong with his elbow, give him the time he needs, and he’ll probably end up on the DL. That’s the best guess.”
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Gophers' Williams, Olson named to preseason football watch lists

Star Tribune Sports - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 12:19
Maxx Williams is among 40 tight ends named to the John Mackey Award Preseason Watch List, and Tommy Olson is among 66 centers named to the Rimington Trophy Preseason Watch List.
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Local 2015 recruit Marshawn Wilson hoping to build on Minnesota's interest

Star Tribune Sports - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 10:58
The shooting guard is working on his outside shot and defensive focus over the summer.
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Idina Menzel tapped for All-Star national anthem in Minneapolis

Star Tribune Sports - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 10:45
For Monday’s home run derby, Aloe Blacc will perform “Wake Me Up” and “Can You Do This.”
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Wild fans will have their season tickets on a digital card, rather than paper

Star Tribune Sports - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 10:32
Season-ticket holders wishing to share can log on to “My Wild Account” and print their tickets to pass on or sell.
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Tuesday (Mauer, Nolasco and the curse of the contract) edition: Wha' Happened?

Star Tribune Sports - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 09:58
Between them, Joe Mauer and Ricky Nolasco are making $35 million to play baseball for the Twins this season, eating up roughly 40 percent of the team’s payroll (it was even more before the mid-season acquisition of Kendrys Morales). Even at slightly more modest salaries, those two would have to rank high among the biggest disappointments on this year’s team. It’s fair to say that if both were performing to at least career expectations — that is to say, at least close to providing the numbers that earned them those hefty salaries — the Twins, given everything else that has happened this year, would be around .500 instead of floundering now at 10 games below that mark. Indeed, even without much contribution from either player the Twins spent most of the first half of the season right around even. Those contracts made Mauer and Nolasco obscenely wealthy, so do not mistake this as some sort of pity party for them. But we would say that there is a certain on-field burden that comes with a hefty salary, particularly when it comes to this, um, frugal market and fan base. No longer are you simply underachieving … you’re underachieving and overpaid. No longer does a sentence simply say, “Nolasco needs to pitch better,” but rather: “For $12 million a year, Nolasco needs to pitch better.” And when you get hurt — Mauer is on the DL, and Nolasco is having his elbow examined — you’re not simply injured. Your toughness gets called into question because of the money you make. Salary does not guarantee results. Just ask the many other players aside from Mauer among the top-10 in salary this season who are struggling, injured, or both. Criticism comes with the territory, and pretty much every one of us would accept these “burdens” if it meant making millions to play a game. But there’s no doubt a big contract changes perceptions, particularly when you play in Minnesota.
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Wild signs center Cody Almond; Updated Wild depth chart

Star Tribune Sports - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 08:16
It's a one-way deal, meaning the soon-to-be 25-year-old center has a real good shot at making next season's roster.
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Achiever Academy leaves high school league after eligibility issue, changes name

Star Tribune Sports - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 06:33
Achiever Academy is now Bauer-Emerson Prep Academy and won’t play Minnesota high schools.
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Morneau asking for fans' support to make it to All-Star Game

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 07/07/2014 - 22:41
The ex-Twins star wants to return to Target Field for next week’s game, and he needs fans’ clicks to do it.
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Twins' Nolasco has sore elbow, returns to Twin Cities for exam

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 07/07/2014 - 22:25
The righthander's velocity was down and his pitches were substandard in a two-inning outing against the Yankees on Sunday.
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Siebert was the Chief behind Gophers championships

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 07/07/2014 - 22:21
Dick Siebert’s Gophers claimed the championship of the College World Series in 1956, 1960 and 1964.
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Lynx's weaknesses becoming more obvious in rough stretch

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 07/07/2014 - 21:33
The Lynx’s defense is showing vulnerability. Rivals also are winning the rebounding battle.
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Future is right now for Wolves' summer leaguers

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 07/07/2014 - 20:52
The Wolves top two draft picks from last year and this get their shot.
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